Patients Secretly Recorded at Hospital

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Last month, a suit was filed against Sharp Grossmont Hospital on behalf of approximately 80 women who have alleged that around 1,800 patients were recorded during procedures such as childbirth and hysterectomies. Dr. Patrick Sullivan, former chief of anesthesia, claims he can corroborate the claims, and that he was forced out of the hospital after bringing his concerns regarding the filming.

The President and CEO of Sharp, Chris Howard has asserted that cameras were installed in the operating rooms at the women's center to combat the theft of an anesthetic called propofol, as well as operating equipment. Mr. Howard stated that the cameras "were intended to record only individuals in front of the anesthesia carts, others, including patients and medical personnel in the operating rooms, were at times visible to the cameras and recorded without sound." Dr. Sullivan has alleged that a "male security guard has reviewed at least 6,966 video clips between February and June 2013." According to the hospital, the videos were only made in connection with the theft investigation and have not been used again.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider's negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party's right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.

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